“We have been so lucky to connect with NWA3D. After have been introduced to 3D printing a year ago, our students were so pumped about learning and exploring additive manufacturing. However, we were spending most of our time trying to get our original printer to work. Since connecting with NWA3D and purchasing 2 printers from them, students have flourished and learned more in 3 months then they had in 1 year...They seem to have thought about everything a school might need in order to make the best of this emerging technology field.
Now we get to spend our class time engaged in creation and not clearing clogged nozzles!”
–Brittany Berry, Helen Tyson Middle School
You’re not alone on an island! We want to help you integrate 3D printing into your standards and lesson plans. We also want to connect you with our network of classrooms, so you can collaborate and share educational ideas across the country.
3D Printing teaches students skills they need for success in tomorrow’s world.
The engaging process of 3D printing incorporates every aspect of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) learning to help build critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. Integrating this technology into your curriculum can help differentiate your instruction to meet the learning goals of every student in new and innovative ways that can foster student achievement.
Schools across the nation are integrating 3D printing into their classrooms. We believe that every student should have the opportunity to learn this state of the art technology that incorporates traditional subjects with creative design, critical thinking, perseverance, and collaboration.
These 21st Century Skills can be learned through project based learning with 3D printing. The process of bringing concepts to reality engages students to learn actively by challenging them to apply knowledge they’ve learned in different subjects to own their own learning.
Some 3D printing examples from classrooms we've sold to include:
- Printing of student-created population density maps of different parts of the world
- Creation of math manipulatives
- Design and production of prosthetic limbs
- 3D scanning and printing of archaeological artifacts
- Learning how to be creative with technology by diving into 3D design in art
- Community outreach programs using student designed and printed 3D items
- Using drones to take pictures to make 3D printed topographical maps for community organizations
- Modeling organs and bones for use in biology and a local hospital
- Designing helmets and armor based on their research of ancient civilizations to learn about ancient societies and empires
- 3D designing cells and organs in biology and printing them out to use as classroom models
- Learning about heredity by creating and printing models traits that are passed down through generations
- Use in a STEM Labs for use by classrooms throughout a school
- Project Lead the Way aerodynamics and problem solving
- 3D printed castle offensive and defensive designs and testing in Gifted and Talented
- Enrichment of library activities
- Community service projects with EAST Initiative classes